Two Black Scholars Promoted and Granted Tenure at Williams College

WilliamsCollegeSealPurpleWilliams College, the highly rated liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has announced the awarding of tenure to six members of its faculty. The six faculty members are also being promoted to associate professor Two of the faculty members promoted and awarded tenure are Black. The promotions take effect on July 1.

RhonRhon Manigault-Bryant was named associate professor of Africana studies and granted tenure. She teaches courses on Blacks in film and African American women. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory Among Gullah/Geechee Women (Duke University Press, 2014).

Dr. Manigault-Bryant is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a master of divinity degree and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta.

neilrobertsNeil Roberts was promoted to associate professor of Africana studies. He is a political theorist whose work focuses on contemporary Africana social and political philosophy. He is the author of the forthcoming books Freedom as Marronage (University of Chicago Press) and A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass (University Press of Kentucky).

Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he majored in law and public policy and Afro-American studies. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

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